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New Sioux Falls police squad cars are more efficient

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The Sioux Falls Police Department unveiled one of its new squad cars today.  The Ford Interceptor will replace the classic Crown Victoria police cruisers.  

"We received word a couple of years ago that Ford was going to be discontinuing the Crown Victoria which has been pretty much the standard police car across the country for a lot of years," Doug Barthel said. 

The Interceptors cost about $800 more than last year's new Crown Victoria's, but Chief Barthel said they are well worth the investment.  

"Not only do they handle better, they're also faster than our old ones and they're also more efficient," Chief Barthel said.  

The new models will use 20 percent less fuel than the old squad cars.  Last year, the fleet of about 100 squad cars used about 200,000 gallons of fuel; the new cars will mean a savings of nearly 40,000 gallons of fuel.  At nearly $4.00 a gallon, that's about $160,000 saved. 

In addition to fuel savings, the new cars are also designed specifically for police officers.  The seats are large enough for officers to sit comfortably with their gun in its holster.   

The new cars also have siren and light controls on the steering wheel so officers never have to take their eyes off the road. 

Roomier front seats means more room for all the equipment officers need to do their jobs.

Every car is equipped with a computer and camera.  In all, about $10,000 worth of equipment are added to each car, bringing the total price of each cruiser to just under $40,000.

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